The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed that the introduction of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme has saved parents and guardians a cumulative total amount of GH₵ 3.2 billion since 2017.
Delivering the 2020 mid-year budget, Mr. Ofori-Atta again revealed that the Free SHS policy has sustained the schooling of 1,199,750 students to-date, adding that this is a marked increase from the 813,443 students enrolled in 2016/2017 academic year.
He said parents of these students have therefore been given the opportunity to invest their cash into the future of their children.
He added that between 2016 to 2020, the school feeding programme introduced by the Kufuor administration to provide, at least, one meal to school children in deprived communities, has been extended to reach 2,980,000 pupils in deprived communities, representing an increase of 78.3 percent in beneficiaries.
“In providing equal opportunity for foundational education, through school feeding, we have invested GH₵ 1.3 billion since 2017 as compared to the GH₵ 925.56million in the three years prior to 2017,” he added.